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  1. It seems that you are totally competitive not just for the top 20, but for CHYMPS in particular. Just make sure to apply to at least 10-15 different programs. It is the most general advice for everyone, but in your case it is especially important. Good luck! PS. It is indeed weird that you mentioned Princeton as 'a less competitive school'. LOL
  2. Toni, I believe that Stanford GSB, Harvard and Princeton are indeed great choices for you. At Princeton, for instance, they have a joint program for Political Economy with common classes for both economists and political scientists. At the same time, you are still formally enrolled at either department, so you can remain an IR or comparative guy for the employment. Anyway, all these schools are really tough to get in, so try hard and good luck with it Just out of curiosity, what school are you at right now? (just PM me)
  3. From my experience, it totally makes sense to borrow some cash from a friend and apply to a dozen of schools. If you are not completely confident in your application, it is a suicide to apply for less then 6 programs.
  4. I did not want to offend anyone, but there are certain objective criteria which allow comparing US and European institutions (publications, placement etc.). Although, it is undoubtedly hard, because the systems are indeed different. I personally believe that German universities are of a high standard, but there are certainly no internationally recognized top institutions. There is no Harvard here, sorry. Science (even social) is international and thus the fact of not publishing in English is an indicator of weakness, not unfairness of world rankings towards Germany. But it is not all that depressing. For instance, Mannheim is ranked higher (#49) than Brown (#50) in the recent QS ranking on politics. FU is also doing a great job in terms of internationalization, but the truth is that it can be hardly compared to the top 50 in the US (which are btw great institutions such as John Hopkins, UC Irvine, Boulder, Vanderbilt etc.) So, would you rather study in FU or in Brown?
  5. I would say Jacobs, Konstanz, ETH or Mannheim (maybe FU, but definitely not Heidelberg). These are the only schools that have some value outside of Germany and that provide training comparable to second tier US schools. Nevertheless, you'd be still better off if you do GRE and apply to America.
  6. Hey guys! I was admitted to one of the Princeton's PhD programs and I am wondering what is the best housing option for a incoming graduate student (I'm single). As far as I got from the website, you can choose between dorms in the Old (New) Graduate College and apartments in Lawrence, Butler and Stanworth. I don't need much space and I'm totally fine with living in a dorm as long as I have my personal room. Of course, I would like to spend on housing as less as possible, although quality of living (not money) is my major concern. 0. How common is to stay in colleges rather than apartments? 1. What is the difference between graduate colleges? Is it true that you might need to share a room there? Is it mostly 1st year student who live there? Are the all mixed from different departments? 2. Is it obligatory in colleges to buy these meal plans? As for me, it looks ridiculously expensive, but I might be wrong. What do you think, does it make sense? 3. How is it likely to get studio in one of the complexes? 4. The website says that Butler and Stanworth will be closed next year and their residents will get a priority for the new Lakeside complex. What do you think about this new housing option? It looks cool, but I assume it'll be very expensive. 5. How do Butler, Stanworth and Lawrence compare? Sorry for so many questions and thanks in advance!
  7. I would second the previous comment. Oxford's polisci department is an underachiever. LSE is clearly a better choice for OP. Unfortunately, though, if placed in the US context (which is dominant in political science), both schools would hardly make it to top 25. PS I also know people who chose Essex over LSE and Oxford. If you look at the faculty, it actually makes perfect sense.
  8. I applied several years ago. Although the funding there is substantial, the quality of these programs is often uncertain.
  9. Hi folks, How big is the funding in Michigan this year?
  10. Hey guys, Congrats with all the acceptances! Could anyone please tell me what are the visiting days for Michigan and WUSTL admits? Thanks a lot!
  11. Congrats to Princeton admits! Will they have an official visiting time or something? I haven't heard anything from them on this issue.
  12. Thanks for the links! Do you think it is possible to take online courses somewhere recognizable by grad programs?
  13. Thank you for your response! That is probably what I am looking for. The thing is that I am from Europe, so I am not really familiar with the system of non-matriculated or extension programs. Could you please give a link to an example of such kind of program? So far I am positive that CC is definitely what I don't need.
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